A Smoothie is …

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A smoothie is:
a blended, chilled, sweet beverage
made from fresh fruit or vegetables.

They are typically preferred by
health-conscious consumers.

Recipes usually include ingredients like:
crushed ice and frozen fruit

Other ingredients they might or might not have:

  • honey
  • frozen yogurt
  • soy milk
  • Whey powder
  • green tea
  • herbal supplements
  • nutritional supplements

They usually don’t involve adding ice cream.
They sometimes can contain just 100% fruit.
Most are high in vitamins and antioxidants.
Green smoothies cater to vegans with ingredients
like spinach, kale and lettuce.

Some history about smoothies:

  • Health food stores began selling pureed fruit drinks in the 1930’s.
  • The Waring “Blendor” cookbooks introduced recipes
    for a “banana smoothie” and a “pineapple smoothie” in the 1940’s.
  • California ice cream vendors and health food stores
    broadened their market base with smoothies in the 1960’s.
  • Sports and fitness boom of the 1980’s pulled smoothies
    out of the niche market and put them right out front.
  • Mainstream cafés and coffee shops
    popularized the trend in the 1990’s.
  • At this point, the juice and smoothie industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.”

By comparison, bottled juices such as Odwalla and Naked Juice
are readily available to the consumer right on the
supermarket shelf, and as such they are convenient to
pack in a lunch, but they

  • have a short shelf life
  • must be refrigerated
  • and are juices more than smoothies.

Juice City is one restaurant that takes fruit and vegetables futher than just juice. Serious about health benefits and choices, they offer a menu featuring not only Juices and Smoothies, but Wraps, Paninis, Salads, Smoothies and Squeezed Juices ~ a meal plan that is Fresh and Convenient ~ and even a Boot Camp!


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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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